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Dutch (Rotterdam, Netherlands 1609 - 1685 Utrecht, Netherlands)
Mullein Pink, 1680
Drawing
Dutch
,
17th century
Watercolor, gouache and brown ink over graphite, some glazing in green areas, on cream antique laid paper
20 x 15.7 cm (7 7/8 x 6 3/16 in.)
The Maida and George Abrams Collection, Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
, 1999.169
Marks
signed: Lower left, brown ink, HS. [in ligature] f. 1680
collector's mark: verso, lower left, blue ink stamp: L. 3306 (Maida and George Abrams)
inscription: verso, upper center, brown ink: A:a
inscription: Former mount, interior, lower right, graphite: H Saftleven "Petunias"
inscription: Former mount, verso, upper left, typed label: International Exhibition Foundation / "SEVENTEENTH CENTURY DUTCH DRAWINGS FROM AMERICAN COLLECTIONS" / 45. Herman Saftleven / A Flower [underlined] / Lent by Maida and George Abrams
inscription: Former mount, verso, upper left, printed and typed label: No. SE.1977.6.45 / Artist Herman Saftleven / Title A Flower / Date 1680 / Medium Chalk and washes / Dimensions 24 1/4 x 18 1/4" / Credit line Maida and Geo. Abrams Coll. / THE DENVER ART MUSEUM
inscription: Former mount, verso, upper left, printed label: LOT NO. / E-3032 / 009 / SECURITY / Wash., D.C.
inscription: former mount, verso, brown ink: Lychnis coronaria flore rubro simplici
watermark: Fragment of a posthorn. Compare Heawood group 2686-2693, England or London, 1680-1695.
Provenance
The artist, to; Agnes Block, Vijverhof, the Netherlands, 1680. [Sotheby's, London, 13 December 1973, lot 155], sold; to [Baskett & Day, London, 1973], sold; to Maida and George Abrams, Boston, 1974; The Maida and George Abrams Collection, 1999.169.
Bibliography
Exhibition of Thirty Old Master Drawings of the Northern Schools, auct. cat., Baskett and Day (London, England, 1974), cat. no. 30, n.p., repr. fig. 30

Franklin W. Robinson, Seventeenth Century Dutch Drawings from American Collections, exh. cat., International Exhibitions Foundation (Washington, D.C, 1977), cat. no. 45, pp. 50-51, repr. fig. 45

Wolfgang Schulz, "Blumenzeichnungen von Herman Saftleven d. J.", Zeitschrift für Kunstgeschichte (1977), vol. 40, no. 2, pp. 135-153, no. 1, p. 149, repr. p. 140, fig. 3

The Draughtsman at Work. Drawing in the Golden Century of Dutch Art, checklist, (unpublished, 1980), no. 26

W. Schulz, Herman Saftleven, 1609-1685: Leben und Werke: mit einem kritischen Katalog..., De Gruyter (Berlin, Germany and New York, NY, 1982), cat. no. 1420, p. 481, repr. fig. 221

William W. Robinson, Seventeenth-Century Dutch Drawings: A Selection from the Maida and George Abrams Collection, exh. cat., H. O. Zimman, Inc. (Lynn, MA, 1991), cat. no. 100, pp. 218-19, and p. 9, repr.

George S. Keyes, "[Review] Seventeenth-Century Dutch Drawings. A Selection from the Maida and George Abrams Collection", Master Drawings (Winter 1992), vol. 30, no. 4, pp. 443-448, p. 446

Arthur K. Wheelock, Jr., Fram Botany to Bouquets: Flowers in Northern Art, exh. cat., National Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C, 1999), p. 56, repr. fig. 47

Old Master Drawings, auct. cat., (January 24, 2007), under lot 54

Exhibition History
Seventeenth Century Dutch Drawings from American Collections, National Gallery of Art, Washington, 01/30/1977 - 03/13/1977, no. 45; Denver Art Museum, Denver, 04/01/1977 - 05/15/1977, no. 45; Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, 06/01/1977 - 07/15/1977, no. 45
The Draughtsman at Work. Drawing in the Golden Century of Dutch Art, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 11/21/1980 - 01/04/1981, no. 21
Seventeenth-Century Dutch Drawings: A Selection from the Maida and George Abrams Collection, Rijksprentenkabinet, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, 02/23/1991 - 04/18/1991, no. 100; Albertina Gallery, Vienna, 05/16/1991 - 06/30/1991, no. 100; Pierpont Morgan Library, New York, 01/22/1992 - 04/22/1992, no. 100; Harvard University Art Museums, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 10/10/1992 - 12/06/1992, no. 100